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    Default Alaska Backpacker Ammo?

    Anybody know what is with the Alaska Backpacker GCHCLP ammo sold at Walmart in 300 and 320 grain?

    I've shot my 329 a good deal with 44SPL and different brands of 44 MAG but I'm not familiar with this flavor

    I wish I could buy 6 shells because I don't plan on pulling the trigger on these puppies unless something brown is about to grab my leg

    Any opinons on how these would compare to the 255GR reduced pressure loads they make more or less specifically for the 329PD?

    I've always been a proponent of bigger is better for dangerous game loads but then again 270GR 375H&H is actually better IMO all around than 300 GR

    I need some for this weekend so any input will be much appreciated

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    Sure others will speak up but I've heard its best left in the backpack

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    I have a pack of the 320grn for my redhawk and have shot about 6 rounds out of it. They went bang and put .44 cal holes through whatever I point it at. I havn't chronographed them so I can't say much else. I am not sure however if the 329 is rated for them. I know that they will shoot in the RH, SRH, SBH etc. I am not a S&W guy so I don't know what they can handle on the hot/heavy end.

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    Those 320's are probably pretty long. They may be too long for the 629's cylinder. Redhawks have a long cylinder. Longer than the Blackhawks as well.

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    Default AK Backpacker ammo: prior discussions, data...

    About AK Backpacker in .44Mag...
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ead.php?t=6860

    Does it meet SAAMI...this thread includes the best specs on AK Backpacker ammo...post #5 by Murphy and AK Ray's post #19 has some interesting comments on penetration:
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=27144

    This thread, started by Limetrude as a database for AK Backpacker ammo, contains additional specs on AK Backpacker in .44Mag...and the ATF's response about the source of the ammo...
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=30159

    AK Backpacker in .45...
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=16873

    About .44 hard cast in general...The 3rd thread includes interesting performance numbers on some Federal Premium .44Mag ammo posted by Snyd:
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=11977
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?p=98998
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...685#post502685

    In short, although it's been hard to find more manufacturer info on AK Backpacker, well-informed shooters have found AK Backpacker ammo performs well. While I never had any problem with the 329PD, one day while perusing the Garrett Cartridges site, I noticed they only recommend certain revolvers for their 330 grain loads, including Ruger and Dan Wesson double action revolvers or Taurus Raging Bull (http://www.garrettcartridges.com/products.asp). So I started shooting a Redhawk a few months ago - mainly to carry a revolver that with some certainty would handle anything I wanted to shoot. Garrett does recommend 329PD as suitable for their 310 gr rounds.

    330-GRSUPER-HARD-CAST GC LONG-HAMMERHEAD AT 1400-FPS

    THIS 44 MAGNUM AMMO IS RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN RUGER AND DAN WESSON DOUBLE-ACTION REVOLVERS, AS WELL AS THE TAURUS RAGING BULL. IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED FOR THE GARY REEDER 5-SHOT ULTIMATE 44 MAGNUM, AND THE JOHN GALLAGHER CUSTOM LONG-CYLINDER RUGER SINGLE-ACTIONS. THIS AMMO SHOULD BE FIRED ONLY IN THOSE RECOMMENDED REVOLVERS! THIS AMMO IS BOTH TOO LONG AND GENERATES TOO MUCH CHAMBER PRESSURE FOR SAFE USE IN S&W AND RUGER SUPER BLACKHAWK REVOLVERS. IT IS ALSO TOO LONG FOR USE IN THE FREEDOM ARMS REVOLVER.

    ENERGY: 1440 FT/LBS; TAYLOR KNOCKOUT VALUE: 28; MEPLAT: .320"; CHAMBER PRESSURE: 43,500-CUP; SECTIONAL DENSITY: .255; TRAJECTORY: +2" @ 50-YDS; ZERO @ 100-YDS; -7" @ 150-YDS


    310-GR SUPER-HARD-CAST HAMMERHEAD AT 1020-FPS (4" revolver)

    RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH S&W 329PD, S&W MOUNTAIN REVOLVER, AND TAURUS 44 MAGNUM TITANIUM REVOLVERS, AS WELL AS ALL STEEL 44 MAGNUM REVOLVERS EXCEPT FOR THE TAURUS TRACKER. THIS AMMO IS TOO LONG FOR USE IN LEVER-GUNS AND IS ONLY FOR USE IN REVOLVERS.


    Good luck with your ammo selection. There seem to me to be several good choices out there. Have a good season.

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    I've been using them in my Super Blackhawk for about 3 years now. I've fired about half of the 20 and they fire just fine and leave a nice hole. My wife even likes to shoot them so recoil is not a big issue.

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    Great post, 6X!

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